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Originally Posted by Jeff_H View Post
I must admit that I really enjoyed that thread a lot back then and in re-reading it today. I truly miss having Jack (Whoosh) around here. He is an extremely experienced sailor who could clearly explain his ideas making for wonderful exchanges of ideas that was a lesson in gentility and intelligent sailing to all that read his posts.

With regards to the Cape Fear 38, I am very anxious to hear what they find when they examine the wreckage. There are all kinds of reasons that boats lose keels; some are design issues, some are build quality issues and some are the result of intentional or unintentional (electrolysis, groundings, bolts loosened and not tightened, etc) changes to the boat.

What I recall that I saw on the early boats looked like very high quality glass work and a seemingly well designed, hand laid up structural grid. I would be hesitant to even venture a guess at what happened here without hearing more about what happened.



I enjoyed reading that thread too. I was on hiatus back when that took place so never saw it.


The Cynthia Woods has been recovered. The maintenance log book was no longer aboard as had been hoped. The article below includes the first comments I've seen by the builder concerning the incident. I was not previously aware that the donor of the boats to Texas A&M was also the father of the boat builder!

From the Associated Press

Capsized sailboat recovered in Gulf of Mexico
13 hours ago
T GALVESTON, Texas (AP) Salvage experts have recovered a racing sailboat that sank in the Gulf of Mexico last week, killing one crew member and leaving five survivors adrift at sea for 26 hours.

The Cynthia Woods was towed back to shore Wednesday and will be inspected as investigators try to determine what caused it to capsize. Officials believe the keel of the vessel ripped off shortly after the Regata de Amigos race began Friday, filling the boat with water.

They had hoped the sailboat's log book could give answers about maintenance and repairs on the 38-foot vessel, but the book was not found.
Development tycoon George Mitchell donated the Cynthia Woods and an identical boat to Texas A&M University in 2006, the Galveston County Daily News and Houston Chronicle reported Thursday.

The university has taken the other boat, the George Phydias, out of commission until officials can determine whether a design defect caused the keel failure.

The company that built the boats, North Carolina-based Cape Fear Yacht Works, said in a statement Wednesday it stands by its products. The company is owned by George Mitchell's son, Keith. "We believe in the design, construction and safety of our vessels," the company said.

It also said it was not responsible for maintenance or repair work after the vessel left the factory.

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